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I were entirely of your opinion about the agreeableness of them. I believe you will never commend them again, when you see how they increase upon your hands. I have seen letters of two or three sheets, written from merchants at Bengal and Canton to their wives: but then they contain the history of a twelvemonth: I grow voluminous from week to week. I can plead in excuse nothing but the true reason; you desired it; and I remember how I used to wish for such letters, when I was in Italy. My Lady Pomfret carries this humanity still farther, and because people were civil to her in Italy, she makes it a rule to visit all strangers in general. She has been to visit a Spanish Count19 and his wife, though she cannot open her lips in their language. They fled from Spain, he and his brother having offended the Queen20 by their attachments to the Prince of Asturias21; his brother ventured back, to bring off this woman, who was engaged to him. Lord Harrington22 has procured them a pension of six hundred a year. They live chiefly with Lord Carteret and his daughter2S, who speak Spanish. But to proceed from where I left off last night, like the Princess Dinarzade in the Arabian Nights, for you will want to know what happened one day. Sir Eobert was at dinner with Lady Sundon, who hated the Bishop of London as much as she loved the Church. 'Well/ said she to Sir E., 'how does your pope do ?'—' Madam/ replied he, ' he is my pope, and shall be my pope ; everybody has some pope or other; don't you know that you are one? They call you Pope
19  Marquis de Tabernego: lie returned to Spain after the death, of Philip V.    Walpole.
20  Elizabeth. Farnese, second wife of Philip V.
21  Eldest son  of Philip V, succeeded his father in 1746 ; d. 1769.
22  William Stanhope (ciro. 1690-1756), first Baron Harrington; cr. Earl of Harrington, 1742; Secretary
of State for the Northern Province) 1730-42, 1744-46; Lord President of the Council, 1742-44; Viceroy of Ireland, 1746-61. He served in the army, and became a General.
23 Prances, youngest daughter of Lord Carteret, afterwards married to the Marquis of Tweedale. Walpole.